Stating that there has been a decreasing trend of Dengue in the State since 2017, Haryana additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajeev Arora on Saturday said that 33 confirmed dengue cases have been reported in the State in the month of September so far. The cases have been reported from mainly two districts Gurugram (20) and Bhiwani (10)
Arora said that the Health department officers have been monitoring the prevalence Dengue effectively. “With an aim to prevent mortality due to Dengue, new initiative i.e. the provision of free Single Donor Platelets (SDP) has been made for dengue patients admitted in Government Hospitals as some dengue patients with severe thrombocytopenia requires SDP for immediate recovery, he added.
He said, “In previous years, Rs 8,500 per unit SDP was being charged in Government Hospitals. However, in northern region, Haryana is the first state to start Free Single Donor Platelets (SDP) facility for dengue patients. At present, SDP Facility (Platelets Apheresis Machine) is available in District Gurugram, Panchkula, Karnal, Rohtak and Sonipat.”
Divulging more details, he further added that the dengue test is being done free of cost in government laboratories. In all 27 SSHs (Dengue Testing Labs) are presently functional in the state. In addition dengue sampling has also started at Flu corners for suspected Dengue cases in district Bhiwani and Rohtak as mostly cases are reported from these districts,” he added.
About 1,158 tests have been conducted in the State by the first week of September 2020 apart from identifying dedicated beds for Dengue patients. Meanwhile, mosquito proofing of wards and beds is being done in Civil Hospitals.
Sprucing up the facilities further for strengthening of Entomological Surveillance and vector control activities, two Entomological Zones have been set up in District Nuh and Yamunanagar. Two more Entomological Zones are being set up in District Rohtak and Hisar. “Under these Zones, one post of Entomologist and two posts of Insect Collector have been provided. This staff will conduct entomological studies which will help in deciding appropriate vector control measures,” asserted Arora.